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Real access: MTC is a leader in creating career pathways

As job opportunities in STEM continue to grow, Midlands Technical College (MTC) is doing its part to create pathways to these fields. In central South Carolina, there are projected to be 20,000 open jobs over the next five years. Many of these opportunities will be in STEM areas.

“MTC created a specialized STEM Institute for local high schools in response to an initiative from the S.C. Technical College System,” said Allyson Porter, Associate Director of Admissions. “This has been a great opportunity for MTC to showcase our STEM programs to area high school staff, who in turn take the information back to their schools and students.”

During the institute, participants visited four of MTC’s campuses to explore a STEM career pathway through hands-on demonstrations. Participants also met industry experts to learn about their specific STEM needs.

“Palmetto Health has maintained a highly effective partnership with Midlands Technical College for over 30 years,” said Val Richardson, Palmetto Health Workforce Development Manager and speaker at the STEM Institute. “Palmetto Health’s goal is to help create the talent needed within our region to improve the quality of life and the economy of our community.” 

The goal was for educators to walk away with enough knowledge to help students prepare for post-secondary education in growing STEM fields.

“Upon completion of the institute, participants created a visual presentation outlining how they will increase student and parent awareness of STEM career pathways and postsecondary opportunities,” said Porter.

Participants who completed the week-long course were also eligible to receive up to 60 recertification hours.

“I learned so much valuable information about industry needs in the Midlands area and about the specific programs at MTC that are offered to meet those needs. I will recommend the STEM Institute to all my fellow school counselors,” said Lexington High School Counselor Greg Russell.

The STEM Institute was free for participants and open to high school counselors, secondary educators, and administrators in Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield Counties. To learn more about the STEM Institute, contact Allyson Porter at